About the Position: The Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services directs enrollment management functions, student services, and programs critical to the holistic development and success of Western Washington University students. The Vice President ensures that the Division of ESS advances Western’s commitment to Active Minds Changing Lives by strategically shaping enrollment, providing effective student-centered programs that advance student success, and ensuring access through auxiliary services that are financially competitive and designed to enrich the learning environment. The Vice President helps foster Western’s relationships with community colleges in Washington and works with University Advancement to nurture relationships and partnerships for student scholarship and support.
The Vice President is a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Provost’s Council and Deans Council, and is an active participant in all aspects of institution-wide planning and policy development. The Vice President will be a creative thinker who engages the Division and the University in building on Western’s strong tradition as a student-centered institution.
The Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services reports to, and serves at the pleasure of the President.
About the College/Department:
The main campus of Western Washington University is located on 212 picturesque acres in Bellingham, Washington, a city of 83,580 people located between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and adjacent to the beautiful San Juan Islands, Bellingham is nationally recognized for quality of life, outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship. As the third largest university in the State of Washington, Western enrolls 14,625 undergraduates and 707 graduate students in more than 160 academic programs at the Bellingham campus and seven satellite locations around the Puget Sound area. Western, which first opened its doors in 1899, is perennially ranked as the best public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest and No. 2 in the West, according to U.S. News & World Report college rankings. Kiplinger's ranks Western among the top 100 public colleges and universities in the nation that offer the best quality and affordability. U.S. News and World Report has named Western one of the most cost-efficient in the country among highly-ranked universities and for several years in a row the Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized Western as a "Great Place to Work". Western is particularly proud of its position as a leader in multidisciplinary environmental education and sustainable campus operations.
Western provides an active student-centered learning environment with a liberal arts and sciences foundation and robust co-curricular, internship, research, creative, and service learning opportunities. There is a widely shared vision that Western will be a higher education leader in a culturally responsive 21st century learning environment, applying its critical strengths to societal issues as well as creating a welcoming community for a diversity of people, ideas, and programs. To that end, Western has embraced a style that is collegial, transparent, and timely in its engagement and communication with on- and off-campus stakeholders. Western is not only committed to the academic growth of its students, but to empowering them to be engaged and active agents of positive change in the world. Western is ranked first in the nation among medium-sized universities for Peace Corps participation, was first in the nation in 2014 among public, masters-granting institutions for the number of its graduates awarded Fulbright Fellowships, and has been classified for five years as a Carnegie Community Engagement University. Western has been designated a "Military Friendly School", for six consecutive years by G.I. Jobs magazine.
About the Division of Enrollment and Student Services (ESS): The mission of the Division of ESS is to engage prospective and current students in their pursuit of academic and personal excellence through outreach, support services, and co-curricular learning opportunities. The Division includes 17 program areas with more than 300 permanent employees (Divisional organizational chart). Working collaboratively, departments in the Division play a key role recruiting, enrolling and graduating an increasingly diverse and talented student body by creating opportunities for students to display leadership, social responsibility, and effective citizenship through co-curricular programs, and are strongly committed to facilitating students' development and identifying learning outcomes. These services support and enhance the quality of undergraduate and graduate experiences with emphasis on increased academic success and graduation rates. The Division's strategic plan is anchored in the University's mission and strategic goals.
|Position Responsibilities: The vice president provides strategic direction for the following functions and responsibilities. |
- Enrollment Services Functions: The vice president provides leadership in enrollment planning including the size and composition of the student body, and coordination with the vice presidents and faculty leaders under the University’s strategic plan. Overall services in the Division support and shape the enrollment and persistence of students. Departments most actively involved in the shaping of enrollment include: Office of Admissions, Financial Aid, and the Registrar’s Office. The vice president provides guidance for over $140 million in financial aid packaging including the strategic use of tuition waiver discounting of $15 million to shape incoming classes of students.
- Student Services Functions: The vice president provides leadership for the combination of extracurricular and student support services which contribute to student retention and completion of degree. All departments in the Division work collaboratively to create a campus culture focused on student centered services that enhance the student’s overall integration of their curricular and extracurricular experiences. Areas that particularly focused on these aspects include University Residences, Dean of Students/Student Life, Academic and Career Development Services, Viking Union Student Activities, Prevention and Wellness Services, Counseling Center, New Student Services and Family Outreach, disAbility Resources for Students, Student Outreach Services, Intercollegiate Athletics, the Ethnic Student Center, Western LEADS, and Veteran Services. In addition, the major auxiliary services provide key support especially in areas of healthy living, integrating the living and learning aspects of the student experience.
- Business and Capital Planning Functions: The vice president has responsibility for the Division’s operating and capital budgets, and provides leadership for the long range capital planning of auxiliary operations within the Division. Operating budget totals nearly $69 million, of which 17% or $12 million is state allocated and tuition dollars, and 83% or $58 million is self-supporting. Those areas which have primarily self-supporting operating budgets include University Residences and Dining Services, Associated Students (AS) Bookstore, Campus Recreation/Wade King Student Recreation Center, Student Health Services, and Student Activities and Viking Union Facilities. Almost all student service areas have some self-supported functions.
- Strategic Initiatives and Institutional Support Functions: The vice president works with the other vice presidents on strategic initiatives identified by the university’s leadership team that involve multiple divisions. This includes working with Deans and the Provost on faculty issues, enrollment planning functions, alignment of academic affairs and student affairs activities, emergency crisis functions, and special projects assigned by the president.
The Vice President is the chief administrative officer of the Division with responsibility for:
- Enhancing the Division’s and the University’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism
- Leading the development of a coherent enrollment plan that advances the University’s goals around undergraduate and graduate education, diversity, and internationalization;
- Creating and implementing a compelling vision for the Division in the context of the University’s aspirations to be a leader in student success and access which diminishes student achievement gaps, and in advancing the learning-centered culture of the University;
- Creating and sustaining an environment of student services and student life excellence to ensure success for students;
- Developing and enhancing partnerships with internal and external constituents, including fundraising to support divisional and intuitional needs;
- Building and sustaining a team and organization that advances student success;
- Oversight of budgetary planning and fiscal management of the Division;
- Communicating with diverse internal and external audiences, and representing the University at the state level, including at committees of the Council of Presidents and testifying before the State Legislature where appropriate; and
- Sustaining the success of Western’s athletics programs and the academic achievement of student-athletes
|Required Qualifications: |
- Earned doctorate or terminal degree
- Substantial responsible executive management experience in relevant leadership positions in higher education administration
|Preferred Qualifications: |
- Passion for and commitment to student success, engagement, diversity, achievement and excellence
- Demonstrated experience in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion
- Understanding of the relationship and the importance of alignment and collaboration between academic affairs and student affairs
- Experience managing emergency or crisis situations involving students
- Experience developing internal and external collaborations and partnerships
- Experience with and understanding of the complexities in shaping enrollment management goals and strategies to advance institutional goals toward a diverse and successful student body
- Understanding of current and emerging issues of relevance to students and a deep knowledge of best practices in student affairs and enrollment management
- Experience supporting assessment efforts for evidence-based decision making and continuous quality improvement
- Administrative ability, including strategic and policy planning, financial management, personnel management, and public relations
- Leadership skills to set goals and priorities, and strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with others to achieve high levels of performance
- High degree of integrity, trustworthiness, and approachability rooted in strong communication skills
|Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA |
|Salary: The position is a full-time, 12-month administrative position with an excellent benefits package. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. |
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Academic Search, Inc., is assisting Western Washington University in the search. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. To be given full consideration for this position, applications should be submitted by January 15, 2017. Application materials should include a cover letter addressing how the candidate's experiences match the position requirements, curriculum vitae and five (5) professional, current references. Submission of materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. Application materials should be sent to WWUVPESS@academic-search.com. Confidential inquiries with Vice President and Senior Consultant, Dr. Tom Fitch at firstname.lastname@example.org or Senior Consultant, Ms. Jackie Woods at Jacqueline.email@example.com can be best obtained by contacting their associate consultant for this search, Erin Monroe, firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Other Information: For more information about WWU please visit: www.wwu.edu |
For more information about the Division of Enrollment and Student Services please visit: www.wwu.edu/vpess/
|Closing Date Notes: For full consideration for this position, applications should be submitted by January 15, 2017; position is open until filled |